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Preaching High Morality to the Powerless

The moment of truth is fast approaching for Obama.

As the Arab Spring intensifies, now spreading to Spain and Greece, the home of radically democratic political thought is starting to shift outside the West. A new culture of fearlessness is settling in abroad, especially among non-European and non-American intellectuals, as evidenced by the latest piece by Indian novelist Pankaj Mishra. He writes:

"The moment of truth is fast approaching for those powerful men who preach the high morality of non-violence to the powerless. Only an American veto seems likely to prevent the member states of the UN from declaring a new Palestinian state in September. But Palestinians may rise up against their colonial overlords well before this expected rejection. And, as the political philosopher Michael Walzer points out, Israel would then confront "something radically new. How can it resist masses of men and women, children too, just walking across the ceasefire lines?"
"The tactics of young tech-savvy Kashmiris have already confused and bewildered the Indian government, whose recent actions – censoring the Economist, forcing spying rights out of BlackBerry and Google – evoke the last-minute desperation of the Arab world's mukhabarat (secret police) states. The mass movement in Kashmir, which has emerged after two decades of a futile militant insurgency and has no compromising links to Pakistan, poses, as the Kashmiri journalist Parvaiz Bukhari writes in Until My Freedom Has Come, an unprecedented "moral challenge to New Delhi's military domination over the region".
"The stage is set, then, for a summer of protests, of unarmed masses rising up to express, in Obama's words, "a longing for freedom that has built up for years". They may well meet with live bullets rather than offers of negotiation and compromise. It will be fascinating to see if Obama makes good his claim last month that the United States "opposes violence and repression" and "welcomes change that advances self-determination". Certainly, as the corpses of the Palestinian and Kashmiri Hamza al-Khatibs pile up, there will be the usual flurry of intellectual rationalisations – the bogey of Islamic terror will again be invoked. And we will witness how the "enormous mountains of tyranny" in the world's greatest democracies do not blow away like cotton."

Read the full text of Pankaj Mishra's brilliant tactical briefing at the Guardian.

[Edit: Changed the image in this post, we originally used a video still showing a man shot in the head while hiding behind a garbage dumpster. Taken from here.]

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Anonymous

They already did Sparky. This is about Egypt and regional dominance. Do you read at all? Surely you're familiar with a fellow Jew called Noam Chomsky. Hey why not do just a little bit of research before making a fool of yourself on here. Or anywhere for that matter.
Or since you apparently don't like the printed word all that much here's a video of a recent talk by Chomsky on the subject.
Good luck with that Scrappy.
http://www.democracynow.org/2011/5/11/noam_chomsky_the_us_and_its
Oh and we realize you're a lonely and frightened Zionist Brown-shirt scout out doing the bidding of your overlords back in "israel" but at least try to make it look like your not the same pathetic Apartheid-loving nut job trolling on here under different guises in vain effort to pad the numbers of your racist minions in the eyes of Adbusters readers. I'm sure other people won't mind dismantling your racist hate-speak yet again but I'm just thinking it must hurt retreating over and over with your tail between your quivering legs.
Just looking out for you guy.

Anonymous

They already did Sparky. This is about Egypt and regional dominance. Do you read at all? Surely you're familiar with a fellow Jew called Noam Chomsky. Hey why not do just a little bit of research before making a fool of yourself on here. Or anywhere for that matter.
Or since you apparently don't like the printed word all that much here's a video of a recent talk by Chomsky on the subject.
Good luck with that Scrappy.
http://www.democracynow.org/2011/5/11/noam_chomsky_the_us_and_its
Oh and we realize you're a lonely and frightened Zionist Brown-shirt scout out doing the bidding of your overlords back in "israel" but at least try to make it look like your not the same pathetic Apartheid-loving nut job trolling on here under different guises in vain effort to pad the numbers of your racist minions in the eyes of Adbusters readers. I'm sure other people won't mind dismantling your racist hate-speak yet again but I'm just thinking it must hurt retreating over and over with your tail between your quivering legs.
Just looking out for you guy.

Anonymous

Chomsky is the emperor of Jewish people? He speaks for all Jewish people and somehow knows the history of every single Jewish person. I have no idea why you keep bringing up Chomsky. Like I said before, he is a linguist. He has no qualifications to make statements about history. Many of the statements he has made about the history of Jewish people have now been totally disproven by genetics. I guess their are Jewish geneticists though, so maybe those facts too are the result of the "Jewish Media" too.

I agree this is should be about Egypt though. I'm sure you'll find a way to make any negative incident in Egypt the fault of Israel though. Like you've stated France and the UK invaded Libya solely at the request of Israel....right.

ahhhahah I'm just laughing at myself for continuing to respond to you. Your arguments basically consist of:

1) Spout a bunch of BS and made up facts that confirms your own generalizations and stereotypes.

2) Refer to the Jewish media

3) Refer to Chomsky

4) Attempt to insult me with threatening and juvenile language

5) Repeat

You can keep shouting at the wall with this stuff, but it doesn't change the facts. The Jewish people exist. They're not going anywhere. Israel exists. The people who live there are mostly from the middle east and are not planning on going to Europe or returning to the Arab countries that chased them out. Any kind of peace is going to have to accommodate those facts.

Anonymous

Chomsky is the emperor of Jewish people? He speaks for all Jewish people and somehow knows the history of every single Jewish person. I have no idea why you keep bringing up Chomsky. Like I said before, he is a linguist. He has no qualifications to make statements about history. Many of the statements he has made about the history of Jewish people have now been totally disproven by genetics. I guess their are Jewish geneticists though, so maybe those facts too are the result of the "Jewish Media" too.

I agree this is should be about Egypt though. I'm sure you'll find a way to make any negative incident in Egypt the fault of Israel though. Like you've stated France and the UK invaded Libya solely at the request of Israel....right.

ahhhahah I'm just laughing at myself for continuing to respond to you. Your arguments basically consist of:

1) Spout a bunch of BS and made up facts that confirms your own generalizations and stereotypes.

2) Refer to the Jewish media

3) Refer to Chomsky

4) Attempt to insult me with threatening and juvenile language

5) Repeat

You can keep shouting at the wall with this stuff, but it doesn't change the facts. The Jewish people exist. They're not going anywhere. Israel exists. The people who live there are mostly from the middle east and are not planning on going to Europe or returning to the Arab countries that chased them out. Any kind of peace is going to have to accommodate those facts.

Anonymous

Clearly it 's difficult for you to face the dwindling legitimacy of "israel." That's powerfully clear in your ignorance of historical fact and in your deep, deep denial regarding the insidious origins of the made up religious colony of "israel."

You've just dealt a major and irreparable blow to any sort of credibility you were striving for by questioning Noam Chomsky's knowledge of A: history and B: the confluence of special interests that make up not only the colony of "israel" but the larger interests of the West in general. Sadly it is replete with scoundrels many of whom are Jewish or identify that way. A great number of these are also Zionists and members of god knows how many other elitist organizations run largely by rich white people. Crying wolf again and again wont help your cause. Even insinuating that there is anything antisemitic about this allegation is comical at this point. Your theories have been debunked, you quasi-science on par with that of the Nazis and in short your usual canards exposed for the frauds they are, indeed that you are.
If you find the language of resistance and rebuttal "insulting" than perchance you are out of your depths? Food for thought.

Look bubs it's not just me that has cited a correlation between powerful elitists and the Jewish Establishment. This era it happens to be the Zionists who have amassed more power than is good for them or the rest of the world and so, naturally, they will continue to be the focus of criticism until they are pulled away from the precipice of greed and delusion. Twas ever thus. With any power-mad people.
You can point fingers at Americans and Europeans all you want but lumping yourself in with the tyrants of other lands does little to excuse your own iniquities.

Yes you are right. Jewish geneticists making claims about practitioners of Judaism having some sovereign, "god-given" right to another peoples land will be viewed with the appropriate level of skepticism, just as articles written by Jewish "journalists" in Jewish owned and managed media outlets will be called in to question as well. This is called critical analysis. It's one thing Chomsky stresses throughout the tenor of his essays and lectures and it's pretty basic to fact finding and inquiry. Apparently you're not familiar with the ancient adage "qui bono". May want to look it up and apply it to all media that is owned by powerful special interest groups as all corporate media in the West is. For a more detailed understanding of this please actually watch Peace Propaganda and the Promiseland on youtube and read Manufacturing Consent by renown political scientist and yes linguist, Noam Chomsky.

Again, casting yourself on the other side of an argument with Chomsky is a foolish move on a site such as this but be my guest for more painful humiliation. You seems a sensitive sort but perhaps you are actually a glutton for punishment?

Surely I don't have to go into the long litany of offenses made by the Jewish establishment when it comes to censorship and propaganda viz a viz the colony of "israel". You can begin by researching Norman Finkelstein's was tenure proceeding at De Paul University and then take a long sordid journey through the painful record of Jewish-McCarthyism that exists solely to prop up "israel" and deflect legitimate criticism from the failed state.

The painful fact of the matter is that European Jews who were directed by powerful American and European Zionsts to flood the shores of Palestine were in fact white. I know this is tough for you to have to look into the mirror and admit that you are nothing more than a white man trying to take more land from brown people but golly, whats new? Where have we seen that happen before I wonder?
And all you have to do is look up the Jewish population of Palestine prior to the invention of "israel" and after to see that wave after wave of Europeans came flooding into to appropriate Palestinian land (buying it from the Ottomans?? or outright stealing it) to see that most Israelis are in fact white. Whether they are Mizrahim or not is beside the point. As others have noted even your beloved and dubious Wikipedia the definition of Mizrahim is a religious term and does not denote race nor could it if it includes Yemeni Jews and Jews from the Caucuses as Wikipedia points out.
either way the claim that Palestine now magically belongs to people who practice Judaism or whose grandparents did is dangerously absurd as Woodrow Wilson's own King Crane Commission point out:

"A national home for the Jewish people is not equivalent to making Palestine into a Jewish State. Nor can the erection of such a Jewish State be accomplished without the gravest trespass upon the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine.
The initial claim, often submitted by Zionists representatives, that they have a 'right' to Palestine, based on an occupation two thousand years ago, can hardly be seriously considered."

So Sparky here we can predict according to your twisted logic that anyone who disagrees with Zionism is an...let's all say it together..AntiSemite! Dum da dum dum dum! And that included Woodrow Wilson it would appear. As well as about 95 percent of the world including the ultra orthodox Jews who point out that the biblical reference to retaking Palestine is supposed to happen only after the second coming. So seems like you've got your hands full of problems with this whole colonialism project you invented. So many contradictions, so many outright lies and so many war crimes committed by Jews I think it might be time to admit that the project has failed. The Jews who still believe in "israel" are dwindling and the land will have to be given back to the Palestinians from whom it was stolen. This is of course a U.N guaranteed right and it will spell the last gasp of air for your wretched project as these same Palestinians will have to be allowed to vote and they will naturally vote your kind out of power. Maybe it's time to start thinking about moving back to your vacation homes in Long Island and Hollywood and London because your grasp on power, let alone logic, is fading.

It's all good fun for us, laughing at you and sharing in the communal joy of seeing yet another racist/zionist scumbag skulking away in shame but the serious side is that you continue to commit war crimes and genocide against the indigenous population in Palestine. And for this you must be held to strict account.
Be gone now. And know that your days are numbered as an occupier, as a lover of racism and apartheid and as a force of greed and destruction in this world.
Be gone silly Zionist Troll. Your hackneyed tactics are stale. It's time to hang up the hat.

Anonymous

Clearly it 's difficult for you to face the dwindling legitimacy of "israel." That's powerfully clear in your ignorance of historical fact and in your deep, deep denial regarding the insidious origins of the made up religious colony of "israel."

You've just dealt a major and irreparable blow to any sort of credibility you were striving for by questioning Noam Chomsky's knowledge of A: history and B: the confluence of special interests that make up not only the colony of "israel" but the larger interests of the West in general. Sadly it is replete with scoundrels many of whom are Jewish or identify that way. A great number of these are also Zionists and members of god knows how many other elitist organizations run largely by rich white people. Crying wolf again and again wont help your cause. Even insinuating that there is anything antisemitic about this allegation is comical at this point. Your theories have been debunked, you quasi-science on par with that of the Nazis and in short your usual canards exposed for the frauds they are, indeed that you are.
If you find the language of resistance and rebuttal "insulting" than perchance you are out of your depths? Food for thought.

Look bubs it's not just me that has cited a correlation between powerful elitists and the Jewish Establishment. This era it happens to be the Zionists who have amassed more power than is good for them or the rest of the world and so, naturally, they will continue to be the focus of criticism until they are pulled away from the precipice of greed and delusion. Twas ever thus. With any power-mad people.
You can point fingers at Americans and Europeans all you want but lumping yourself in with the tyrants of other lands does little to excuse your own iniquities.

Yes you are right. Jewish geneticists making claims about practitioners of Judaism having some sovereign, "god-given" right to another peoples land will be viewed with the appropriate level of skepticism, just as articles written by Jewish "journalists" in Jewish owned and managed media outlets will be called in to question as well. This is called critical analysis. It's one thing Chomsky stresses throughout the tenor of his essays and lectures and it's pretty basic to fact finding and inquiry. Apparently you're not familiar with the ancient adage "qui bono". May want to look it up and apply it to all media that is owned by powerful special interest groups as all corporate media in the West is. For a more detailed understanding of this please actually watch Peace Propaganda and the Promiseland on youtube and read Manufacturing Consent by renown political scientist and yes linguist, Noam Chomsky.

Again, casting yourself on the other side of an argument with Chomsky is a foolish move on a site such as this but be my guest for more painful humiliation. You seems a sensitive sort but perhaps you are actually a glutton for punishment?

Surely I don't have to go into the long litany of offenses made by the Jewish establishment when it comes to censorship and propaganda viz a viz the colony of "israel". You can begin by researching Norman Finkelstein's was tenure proceeding at De Paul University and then take a long sordid journey through the painful record of Jewish-McCarthyism that exists solely to prop up "israel" and deflect legitimate criticism from the failed state.

The painful fact of the matter is that European Jews who were directed by powerful American and European Zionsts to flood the shores of Palestine were in fact white. I know this is tough for you to have to look into the mirror and admit that you are nothing more than a white man trying to take more land from brown people but golly, whats new? Where have we seen that happen before I wonder?
And all you have to do is look up the Jewish population of Palestine prior to the invention of "israel" and after to see that wave after wave of Europeans came flooding into to appropriate Palestinian land (buying it from the Ottomans?? or outright stealing it) to see that most Israelis are in fact white. Whether they are Mizrahim or not is beside the point. As others have noted even your beloved and dubious Wikipedia the definition of Mizrahim is a religious term and does not denote race nor could it if it includes Yemeni Jews and Jews from the Caucuses as Wikipedia points out.
either way the claim that Palestine now magically belongs to people who practice Judaism or whose grandparents did is dangerously absurd as Woodrow Wilson's own King Crane Commission point out:

"A national home for the Jewish people is not equivalent to making Palestine into a Jewish State. Nor can the erection of such a Jewish State be accomplished without the gravest trespass upon the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine.
The initial claim, often submitted by Zionists representatives, that they have a 'right' to Palestine, based on an occupation two thousand years ago, can hardly be seriously considered."

So Sparky here we can predict according to your twisted logic that anyone who disagrees with Zionism is an...let's all say it together..AntiSemite! Dum da dum dum dum! And that included Woodrow Wilson it would appear. As well as about 95 percent of the world including the ultra orthodox Jews who point out that the biblical reference to retaking Palestine is supposed to happen only after the second coming. So seems like you've got your hands full of problems with this whole colonialism project you invented. So many contradictions, so many outright lies and so many war crimes committed by Jews I think it might be time to admit that the project has failed. The Jews who still believe in "israel" are dwindling and the land will have to be given back to the Palestinians from whom it was stolen. This is of course a U.N guaranteed right and it will spell the last gasp of air for your wretched project as these same Palestinians will have to be allowed to vote and they will naturally vote your kind out of power. Maybe it's time to start thinking about moving back to your vacation homes in Long Island and Hollywood and London because your grasp on power, let alone logic, is fading.

It's all good fun for us, laughing at you and sharing in the communal joy of seeing yet another racist/zionist scumbag skulking away in shame but the serious side is that you continue to commit war crimes and genocide against the indigenous population in Palestine. And for this you must be held to strict account.
Be gone now. And know that your days are numbered as an occupier, as a lover of racism and apartheid and as a force of greed and destruction in this world.
Be gone silly Zionist Troll. Your hackneyed tactics are stale. It's time to hang up the hat.

Anonymous

You need to get out more. Get a job, get some friends, get a girlfriend. Spend less time obsessing about conspiracy theories and Jewish control of society and your life will be better.

Israel is here to stay. Get over it.

Anonymous

You need to get out more. Get a job, get some friends, get a girlfriend. Spend less time obsessing about conspiracy theories and Jewish control of society and your life will be better.

Israel is here to stay. Get over it.

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